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First Look Part 2: Benicio Del Toro as the Wolfman

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March 19, 2008
Source: EW.com

First Look: Benicio Del Toro as the Wolfman

Although we already ran a first look at The Wolfman way back in September, this is the official, and much more gnarly, first look at THE Wolfman. Thanks to special effects maven Rick Baker's genius work, Benicio Del Toro has been transformed from Lawrence Talbot into a full-fledged werewolf. In addition to the two nifty new photos, EW.com caught up with Rick Baker and questioned him about everything from the process to how the movie is going to turn out. You'll be glad to know that Baker is as excited and as big of a Universal monster fan as all of us.

"It's been 67 years since the Wolfman first attacked the box office, but he'll be making a comeback next year in a remake by Joe Johnston (Hidalgo, Jurassic Park III). Fortunately for all you lycanthrope fans out there who just can't wait that long, EW caught up with the horror flick's makeup artist, six-time Oscar winner Rick Baker, for an exclusive first look at how he's transformed star Benicio Del Toro into the famed beastly creature."

Benicio Del Toro as The WolfmanBenicio Del Toro as The Wolfman

Rick Baker goes on to talk extensively about the process of turning Del Toro into the Wolfman in their interview. These new photos are from just last week, which was the first time Del Toro showed up on set in full make-up. The process takes three hours every day to apply and includes a latex facial piece, wig, dentures, and lots of hair. Baker talks about his own excitement for the project as well:

"You never know how the movie's going to be, but from what we've done so far, which, mind you, hasn't been very much, what I would say to fans is that at least you know that the guy who's doing the makeup in the movie is coming from the same place they are — as a fan. I have a real appreciation for the old Universal classics. The old fanboy in me is jumping up and down here!"

Baker also explains the differences between the two photos seen above and the original Wolfman make-up that Lon Chaney Jr. wore in the 1941 version.

"It's actually more frightening. But I still wanted to be true to the original and show respect for it. What's interesting about those two pictures is that there's one that he's kind of facing forward and you see a little more of his body — that's very much more of a classic Wolfman shot; it looks more like the Chaney version. The close-up one is a more frightening and dynamic version. Even though it's the same makeup [as the first picture], he can do a lot more than Lon Chaney could do with the makeup. It's cool that there's something for the old-school guys, and the other picture is more for the guys who don't even know what the Wolfman is but can see that picture and still go, 'Oh, that's cool!'"

To read the full interview (which I encourage everyone to do), head over to EW.com. As much as I'm not necessarily excited for this new reincarnation of The Wolfman, hearing Rick Baker's enthusiasm does spark just a bit of excitement in me as well. Now I'm looking forward to seeing a classic Universal monster revisited!

The Wolfman is currently shooting in England and is scheduled to hit theaters on April 3rd, 2009.

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  • jason_md2020
    Thank you...I have to go wipe now...DAMN!
  • Curtis
    my god that looks amazing those pictures are off the hook, this movie should be awesome.
  • 1966 version? Do you mean Lon Chaney Jr. in the original 1941 version?
  • Spider
    This flick is gonna kick a$$!
  • WOW. Been waiting ages for a decent wolfman (werewolves in Underworld don't count) movie for ages. Almost wetting myself in anticipation.
  • Ivan, oops, you're right... I was confused, because there are two originals on IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0034398/ and http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0395812/ - but that one is a short, which I missed... Woops... Pardon my mistake, fixed it. :)
  • Looks awesome.
  • Zach D.
    Now I'm curious as to what the change is going to look like.
  • Brad
    The only Werewolf movie that i've ever been interested in is An American Werewolf in London. I'm not a fan of Benicio Del Toro personally, but that's some pretty impressive work.
  • Sinner
    In the early 80's I had a re-occurring nightmare of the original for about 2 years where my cousin would turn & chase me through the woods. I'm looking forward to new & improved nightmares with this new wolfman film. I'm interested to see what Del Toro does with this new version b/c I'm a big fan of his work. Very talented & a great actor.
  • silver
    ha ha yeah been dying for a good werewold movie :)
  • Richard
    Meh doesn't get me excited, not sure why, just doesn't.
  • blake b
    You guys are joking right?? this looks fricken awful... that has to be one of the worst warewolves i have ever seen.... i hope the director dies in a plane crash... a private plane crash, and the pilots survive... if that happens i swear to god i didnt plan it...
  • andre
    Just caught these pics...only knew ten seconds before that the film was under way. Exciting. He does look a bit noisy...what I'm thinking about is how fantasy films tend to rely on big endings...and sometimes that can be a haul. I always like the little scenes in Hellboy...his first intro to the agent with Tom Waits music playing in the background. THe scene on the roof with the kid..the scene in the garbage truck was perfect. I'd like to see a scene with Hellboy discouraged in love and is sitting at a bar with 60 shots in front of him and Sinatra singing...Drinking again. Serendipity in horror and fantasy is a nice counterpoint. Let's face it...when you're older...you don't give a thought to zombie movies, etc. adventure, yes. always room for adventure and thrills, jsut make sure the leads show the struggle to emote and learn from their experiences...that's the payoff. You don't show anger...you show someone trying to figure out how to express anger. If you look at the world, you see that we're all still children. AND JEEZ...SOMEBODY TELL THAT WOLFMAN'S WIFE TO CHANGE HIS SHIRT!
  • at least del toro's gonna be in it so ,lets just wait for the big hit or flop

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